Two years ago, it was announced that Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro would be teaming up to remake Roald Dahl's classic book, "The Witches." You might remember the 1990 version that starred Angelica Huston which was quite good, but probably scarred a generation or two of children. It's a story that's ripe for a remake (is it really a remake when it's based on a classic book?), and the perfect material for two of the most visionary directors working today.
Back in 2006, it was rumored that Cuaron would direct, and del Toro would produce. Well, time has passed, and the roles have changed. Cuaron tells Empire that he will stay behind the scenes, while the increasingly busy del Toro directs the film. The project came about as the two were discussing adapting another Dahl story, "Uncle Oswald," when talk turned to "The Witches." Inspired, Cuaron says, "Guillermo wrote this amazing screenplay really quickly."
Cuaron also says it won't be anything like the 1990 film, because del Toro will "do it completely in stop-motion animation." Will stop-motion witches be less terrifying than Angelica Huston in a bald cap -- or even freakier because they're not real?
It's unclear when we'll see this film, as del Toro still has to direct "The Hobbit" and has a dozen projects besides this in the works. (He apparently never sleeps.) But it's nice to know that Dahl's story is waiting on the horizon to keep another generation or two of kids awake at night, isn't it?
MTV readers, what do you think of del Toro directing "The Witches" in stop motion? A match made in heaven? Is it a story begging to be redone in live action? Should it be left alone altogether?